2011 Lustig Grüner Veltliner (1L) (Previously $14)

SKU #1157114 Wine Enthusiast

 A fresh, fruity wine, full of crisp apples with a touch of pear. It’s in the bright, light style of the one liter bottles from Austria, a great party wine.  (7/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Packaged in my most favorite of bottle sizes, the 1 liter, this fresh, crispy, and vibrant Grüner is what I like to consider an anytime of the day wine. Fresh scents of pears, mint and citrus followed up by a bright refreshing core of juicy fruit and a mouthwatering finish. WARNING: If you consume this at high levels you may turn into the happy couple on the label (which may not be such a bad thing, looks like they're living it up). (Eric Story, Austrian Buyer)

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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/27/2014  | Send Email
Apple, citrus, pear and zippy acidity make this liter of Gruner a no-brainer for parties! At this price, how could you not buy this by the case?!?

By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/26/2014  | Send Email
Asparagus is in the farmers markets which means it's Gruner season! What could be better than a bottle of this at lunch with a chilled asparagus salad and a bit of fresh cheese?

By: Mahon McGrath |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/26/2014  | Send Email
Clean, yellow fruit takes center stage, with a dry spice accent adding a little intrigue. While the overall impression is refreshing, there is some weight to the mid-palate and finish. I can’t think of too many wines that we have right now that can go toe-to-toe with this one for a good, super-value, everyday white wine, nor any, at all, that sport a man cavorting in lederhosen on the label.

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Varietal:

Gruner Veltliner

- Grüner Veltliner is the most widely planted grape variety in Austria, making up about a third of all the vineyard land in the country, according to importer extraordinaire Terry Thiese. The varietal has definitely increased in popularity of the past few years, as sommeliers and wine directors loaded their lists with this spicy white because it pairs well with so many things. Its bouquet has been described as floral, tending to toward musky, with hints of peppery greens, lentils, citrus and red fruit with a distinctive mineral quality. In the mouth the wine can be broad or precise, but is almost always distinguished by bracing acidity and flavors that mirror the nose. A notoriously good ager, you can drink GrüVes in their youth, or let them evolve in complexity in your cellar.
Country:

Austria

- Austria is a well-respected wine-growing region in Europe. Yet, even though they make about a third the volume of wine as Germany, not many of these fine bottles make it to the shelves of American wine merchants or restaurants. Lucky for us, their anonymity has translated into incredible value from simple, everyday whites to exquisite dessert wines. Austria shares many grape varieties with Germany—Riesling is king here, too. But the style of Austrian whites is much dryer and more potent. Grüner Veltliner is Austria's second-most-important varietal and makes whites of great versatility and pleasure. Click for a list of bestselling items from Austria.
Alcohol Content (%): 12